Since early times, the Catholic Church has had a role in healing and health care for the whole person . . . body, mind and spirit. Parish Nursing blends nursing and ministry with health education and personal health counseling.
Health Ministries Committee: The Health Ministries Committee was established in 1999 on the principle that a life of faith involves body, mind and spirit. Under the direction of the parish nurse, the committee provides the following services:
- Vacation Bible Camp health education component
- Adult education on health issues, blood pressure screening, and yoga
- Training and coordinating Befrienders
- “Restore-Replenish-Renew” worship service for caregivers
- Mass of Remembrance on All Souls Day
- Prayer Shawl Ministry
- Gift from God, Welcoming new babies
- Grief support
- Healthy Habits, a weekly email on health issues
- Emergency Preparedness
Grief Ministry: This ministry provides contact to those grieving the death of a family member through sympathy and support cards, phone calls and visits, as well as grief support group resources in our community and parish.
Card Ministry: Letting the sick and grieving know that we care and are praying for them makes a huge difference. This ministry needs card makers or donations of cards.
Befrienders: Composed of volunteers who complete training and then accept commitment to be visitors. Befriending is an extension of pastoral ministry – although it can be informal and simply a way of that involves listening to others we encounter.
Prayer Shawl Ministry: Knit or crochet prayer shawls for people in our parish family who are undergoing times of anxiety or suffering.
Contact: Nancy Ludescher, Parish Nurse, 645-8816, ext. 203.
HealthFinders Collaborative Inc. was founded in 2003 after St. Dominic’s Health Ministry Committee convened Faribault and Northfield community members. HealthFinders goal is to provide assistance with purchasing prescription medications and accessing free health care. In June 2005, HealthFinders opened its doors providing free healthcare services for low-income, uninsured Rice County residents. The free clinic is open two evenings per week at Little Prairie United Methodist Church, rural Dundas. Staffed by volunteer physicians, nurses, interpreters and receptionists; the clinic has provided more than 2,500 clinic visits and filled more than 4,500 prescription medications since 2005. Patients receive access to clinic care, free medications through our Medication Assistance Program and educational programs like our diabetes and Pura Vida (focusing on weight management and nutrition) programs. HealthFinders depends on donations and fundraising by community members for much of its budget. For further information about the clinic or becoming a volunteer, call the HealthFinders office, 507-646-8964, or visit the HealthFinders website.